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Fulham joy but Liverpool crushed


Fulham will fly the flag for Britain in Europe after a night of high drama at Craven Cottage and Anfield.

The Cottagers came from behind to beat Hamburg 2-1 thanks to Zoltan Gera’s winner but Liverpool’s season finally came crashing down as they were blown away by Atletico Madrid and arch nemesis Diego Forlan.

Rafa Benitez’s men looked to be on their way when Alberto Aquilani levelled the aggregate score and then having gone into extra time Yossi Benayoun put them 2-1 up.

However, Forlan, who famously once scored a winning goal for arch rivals Manchester United against the Reds at Anfield, ghosted in to break Kop hearts again with eight minutes to go.

But the striker refused to take the credit for a famous victory against the five-time European champions.

“We needed to score — it doesn't matter who is going to score. It was a really difficult game,” he said. “We knew we needed to score one goal.”

But the night really belonged to Fulham, who defied the odds to make it through to the May 12 final in Hamburg.

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Simon Davies cancelled out Mladen Petric’s opener before Gera lifted the roof off Craven Cottage.

“It's the most important goal I have ever scored so I'm very, very happy. It's amazing,” said the striker.

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